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Water Resources Technician (York)

Water Resources Technician (York)
Water Resources Technician (York)
The District’s Water Resources Technician perform a variety of water related tasks to support the Water Department Manager. This position provides support to both groundwater quantity and quality programs. This will include data collection, working one on one with producers, assistance in education activities, rules enforcement, and violation investigations. Start dates are flexible.
 
PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Collect water quality samples following quality assurance and quality control standards
  • Collect water level measurements
  • Perform flow meter installation inspections
  • Conduct chemigation inspections
  • Other duties as assigned by the Water Department Manger 

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Associates Degree in natural resources, water sciences, environmental sciences, or agriculture
  • Must attain a Natural Resources Ground Water Technician License (may be obtained after employment)
  • Hold a valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to work well and communicate effectively with people
  • Capability to work independently and take responsibility for results
  • Effectively present information to management and the public thru written and verbal communication
  • Capacity to work in all weather conditions
  • Computer competency helpful
  • General knowledge of production agriculture helpful 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are typical of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The physical duties for this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Loading and unloading a 4-wheeler from the bed of a pickup or trailer
  • Lifting 50 pounds from ground level
  • Operate monitoring well pumping equipment
  • Operate equipment such as tractors with loaders and lawnmowers
  • Perform laboratory functions where fumes and airborne particles may be present
  • Work near irrigation wells, both combustion engine with power take off (PTO) shafts and noise, and electrical with 480 volts
  • Walk in uneven and muddy terrain 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
The employee is expected to comply with the District’s personnel policies, drug-free and alcohol-free workplace policies, and safety policies. While representing the District, the employee will conduct him or herself in a professional manner and avoid actions or comments that would reflect unfavorably on the District.
 
COMPENSATION:
The Upper Big Blue NRD offers full medical, dental, and vision benefits. Life insurance and employer matching retirement are also included. Starting salary $38,000.00-$42,000.
 
To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information including the e-mail addresses for three professional and one personal references. Applicants graduating from college less than 5 years ago please include a photocopy of your college transcript. Both USPS and electronic formats are welcome. Submit information to Marie Krausnick at mebel@upperbigblue.org no later than February 25, 2021.
 
Upper Big Blue NRD
319 E 25th St.
York, NE 68467
(402) 362-6601
 
The Upper Big Blue NRD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, age, protected Veterans status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
 
 
 
 

Occasional Maintenance Worker (2 open positions)

Occasional Maintenance Worker (2 open positions)
Occasional Maintenance Worker (2 open positions)
DATE:                                March 9, 2021

SUMMARY
Maintains the operations, appearance, and safety of District Recreation Areas, facilities, and properties. Performs operation and maintenance duties including, but not limited to, clean-up and upkeep of grounds and facilities, payment collections, engagement with Recreation Area visitors, and assistance with project work as determined.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSILITIES
ncludes the following duties, but additional duties may be assigned, as necessary:
  • Maintain and cleans campgrounds, restrooms, day-use areas, and other District facilities and grounds.
  • Collects and removes litter and debris from camping areas, trash receptacles, shelters, amphitheaters, grills and fire rings, and overall District property grounds.
  • Monitors and tracks campground usage, collects payments, and enforces District rules and regulations within authority granted.
  • Engages with Recreation Area visitors and recreation users to build good public relations, answer questions, and respond to needs and issues.
  • Installs, inspects, and repairs kiosks, signs, playground equipment, picnic tables, benches, and other park structures and amenities.
  • As directed by the Supervisor, may assist with landscaping, pruning shrubs and trees, maintaining recreation area trails and roads, and other Recreation Area activities and projects.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty effectively. The following requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • Communication Skills: Ability to comprehend instructions, guidelines, and other correspondence. Ability to write basic correspondence and complete forms or checklists. Ability to effectively engage one-on-one with recreation area visitors, the general public, and District staff.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to make basic calculations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Possesses an understanding of various units of measurement.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply reasonable and sound judgement when solving problems or completing standardized work assignments. Critical thinking and resourcefulness are important when faced with a variety of situations that may or may not have one clear action or response.
  • Other Skills & Abilities:
    • Experience with outdoor maintenance and grounds work.
    • Ability to work independently and complete assigned work with little supervision.
    • Aptitude and experience with light equipment and mechanical repair work preferred.
    • Experience with building and facility operations and maintenance, and light construction work is helpful.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
  • Current State of Nebraska driver’s license required.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS 
The employee is expected to comply with the District’s Employee Handbook and all personnel policies, drug-free and alcohol-free workplace policies, and safety policies. While representing the District, the employee will conduct him or herself in a professional manner and avoid actions or comments that would reflect unfavorably on the District.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be observant of surroundings and interpret visual and auditory cues when determining a course of action.
  • The employee will frequently need to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to operate or handle objects, tools, controls, and vehicles. The employee is required to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, and crouch.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds above waist height and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions, which may include extreme heat and cold at times along with wet conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.
  • The employee works near lakes and other water bodies, and in areas with various plants, wildlife, and aquatic species.
  • The employee may work near moving mechanical parts, vibrating equipment, and electrical systems including vehicles, machinery, and motors.
  • Occasionally, the employee may encounter fumes, pesticides, or caustic chemicals. This also includes exposure to dust and other airborne particulates.
  • The employee may frequently be traveling in a vehicle for long period of time to reach work locations.
WORK HOURS & SCHEDULE
  • Up to 19 hours per week on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with some occasional work on holidays, evenings, special events, and/or for projects.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
  • SALARY LEVEL:               $12.50 to $14.50 per hour

TO APPLY
To be considered, please submit the following application materials: cover letter, resume, and contact information for two work-related references no later than Mar 31, 2021.  Electronic versions will also be accepted. Email application materials to rverhoeff@upperbigblue.org or mail them to:

Upper Big Blue NRD
c/o Rodney Verhoeff
319 E 25th St.
York, NE 68467
(402) 362-6601
 
The Upper Big Blue NRD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, age, protected Veterans status, or any other category protected by applicable law.
 
 

Summer Intern

Summer Intern
Summer Intern
The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District is seeking a summer intern for the summer of 2021.  The position will begin in mid-May and run till the start of the fall semester. Dates are flexible.

Work will be conducted from the NRD's office located in York, Nebraska.

Job duties include, but not limited to the following:
  • Installation of soil moisture monitoring equipment at irrigation scheduling demonstrations;
  • Assist in the collection of ground water samples;
  • Conduct inspections of irrigation flow meter installations;
  • Inspection of irrigation equipment;
  • Other duties as assigned

40-hour work week.
Rate of pay is $11.00 per hour.

Working conditions will involve exposure to heat, humidity, dust, and pollen.  Candidates may be required to lift up to 40 lbs., operate an ATV, and interact with agricultural producers and District staff.  This is a great opportunity to gain experience in agriculture, natural resources, or environmental sciences.  Employment preference is given to college students with agriculture, agronomy, water sciences, environmental sciences, and natural resources majors. 

If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references to:

Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District
Attn:  Marie Krausnick, Water Department Manager
319 East 25th St.
York, NE  68467
(402) 362-6601
mebel@upperbigblue.org

The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application deadline is March 31, 2021.